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Simple Summer Health Tips

The arrival of summer brings with it longer days, warmer weather, and the promise of outdoor adventures.

However, the season also heralds a range of health issues that can dampen the summer spirit if not anticipated and managed properly.

Awareness and preparedness can help you enjoy the sunny months while minimising health risks.

Here, we explore common summer health issues to watch out for, offering advice on how to prevent and address them effectively.

Heatstroke And Dehydration

High temperatures and increased outdoor activity during summer can lead to two closely related health concerns: heatstroke and dehydration.

Heatstroke occurs when your body overheats, typically as a result of prolonged exposure to or physical exertion in high temperatures. This condition is serious and requires immediate medical attention.

Dehydration, on the other hand, happens when you lose more fluid than you take in, leaving your body unable to perform its normal functions adequately.

Prevention Tips:

• Stay Hydrated: Drink plenty of fluids, especially water, throughout the day. Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink, as thirst is already a sign of dehydration.

• Dress Appropriately: Wear lightweight, loose-fitting, and light-coloured clothing to help keep your body cool.

• Avoid Peak Sun Hours: Whenever possible, stay indoors or in the shade during the hottest parts of the day, usually between 11 am and 3 pm.

Asthma

For individuals with asthma, summer can be a challenging time. Pollen, air pollution, and even changes in humidity can trigger asthma symptoms, including wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and tightness in the chest.

Management Tips:

• Monitor Air Quality: On days when the air quality is poor, try to stay indoors as much as possible and keep windows closed to minimise exposure to pollutants.

• Stay On Top of Medication: Ensure you have an adequate supply of asthma medication during the summer months and carry your reliever inhaler with you at all times. You can order medication from an online pharmacy to ensure prompt delivery. The Independent Pharmacy offers asthma medication as well as treatments for a lot of other conditions. Don’t put off talking to one of their expert advisors. 

• Plan Outdoor Activities Carefully: Try to avoid outdoor activities in the early morning and late afternoon when pollen levels tend to be highest.

Sunburn

Sunburn is another common summer health issue, resulting from too much exposure to the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) rays. While a mild sunburn might just cause temporary discomfort, more severe cases can lead to blistering, skin peeling, and even an increased risk of skin cancer over time.

Prevention Tips:

• Use Sunscreen: Apply a broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to all exposed skin, reapplying every two hours, or more frequently if swimming or sweating.

• Seek Shade: Use umbrellas, trees, or shelters to limit direct sun exposure, especially during peak UV hours.

• Wear Protective Clothing: A wide-brimmed hat, sunglasses with UV protection, and long-sleeved shirts can provide additional defence against UV rays.

Summer should be a time for enjoyment and making memories, not for health concerns. By being aware of common issues like heatstroke, sunburn, and asthma, and taking proactive steps to prevent them, you can ensure a healthier, happier summer season. 

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